>Suga elected president of LDP
Yoshihide Suga, 71, became the 26th president of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Monday, winning 377 votes.
Suga is set to be elected as Japan's 99th president at an extraordinary Diet session on Wednesday.
His rivals, Shigeru Ishiba, a former defense minister, got 68 votes and Fumio Kishida, a former foreign minister, got 89.
Suga is virtually assured of becoming the next prime minister due to the LDP's dominance in both chambers of Japan's bicameral parliament.
The election was triggered by Shinzo Abe's abrupt announcement late last month he was stepping down due to a recurrent health issue which also brought his first tenure as prime minister to an abrupt end in 2007.
Suga, who has been one of Abe's closest confidants for almost eight years, has promised to continue Abe's economic policies and approach to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.
>Microsoft's bid rejected
Microsoft on Sunday said ByteDance will not be selling TikTok's US operations to the company.
"ByteDance let us know today they would not be selling TikTok's US operations to Microsoft. We are confident our proposal would have been good for TikTok's users, while protecting national security interests," Microsoft said in a statement.
Another bidder for the wildly popular social media platform, Oracle, is gaining the upper hand as its negotiations for TikTok's US operations have intensified in recent days, Bloomberg reported.
US President Donald Trump set a deadline last month for TikTok to be sold to a US company by Sept 20 or face a ban.
>Time cover marks 200,000 deaths
Time magazine's latest cover will mark an approaching milestone in the coronavirus pandemic - 200,000 related deaths in the US - with the headline "An American Failure" and an illustration within a black border for only the second time in its history.
It also used a black border on an illustration after the 9/11 terror attacks.
The cover is made up of dates and death counts listed back to back, covering most of the page.
"A failure of leadership at many levels and across parties; a distrust of scientists, the media and expertise in general; and deeply ingrained cultural attitudes about individuality and how we value human lives have all combined to result in a horrifically inadequate pandemic response," the Time cover story reads. "COVID-19 has weakened the US and exposed the systemic fractures in the country, and the gulf between what this nation promises its citizens and what it actually delivers."
The death toll from COVID-19 stands at more than 194,000 in the US.
>Universities cut holidays
A number of universities have reduced holidays for the coming National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival, as students are encouraged not to leave campus for nonessential travel to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
This year's National Day holiday, which runs from Oct 1 to 8, has been extended one day as Mid-Autumn Festival falls on Oct 1.
Hubei University in Wuhan, for instance, has cut the eight-day holiday to a one-day break, but will begin the winter vacation at an earlier date as compensation.
North China University of Water Resources and Electric Power in Zhengzhou, Henan province, has halved the holiday to four days. It will start winter vacation a week earlier than scheduled instead.
Wang Dengfeng, head of the department of physical, health and arts education under the Ministry of Education, said at a news conference last month colleges should make region-specific arrangements in line with current epidemic prevention and control requirements.
Students and faculty members are being encouraged not to leave campus for nonessential travel and avoid mass gathering activities, especially in places with poor ventilation, he added.
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